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Study Links Night and Evening Shifts to a Higher Risk of Workplace Injury

Workplace InjuryIn almost every industry, there are night, evening, and swing shift workers. They take care of sick and injured people in the hospital in the middle of the night, serving burgers at dinner, and running the checkout counter at the gas station on the way home. The backbone of society, these workers are also reportedly at a higher risk for workplace injury. As such, it is important that these workers understand their right to compensation.

Secondary Study Confirms Higher Risk of Injury

Conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), the recent study shows that 12 percent of all work injuries experienced by women, and six percent of work injuries sustained by men, occur during the evening, night, or early morning shifts. This was not the first study that found a higher risk of injury for non-day workers. The IWH also took part in a previous study that found 14 percent of injuries sustained by women and eight percent of injuries sustained by men occurred during the night shift. Unfortunately, researchers do not have any definitive answers as to why this risk exists, but they do have a few theories

According to the research authors, worker fatigue, longer hours, and sleep disturbances could be major contributing factors to the higher risk of injury among night, evening, and early morning hour workers. Lower levels of supervision and a lack of co-worker support could also be factors. Whatever the reasons, workers should be aware of their risk. They should also know what to do, should an injury occur.

What to Do When Injured at Work

Probably the most important and most critical thing to know about workplace injuries is that they should immediately be reported to a supervisor. If at all possible, this should be provided in writing, and you should also obtain a copy for your own records. If you need medical care, you should also seek treatment. It is also a good idea to speak to an attorney, especially if your injury causes you to lose time at work, leads to disability, or causes wrongful death. This can help to ensure all your rights are fully protected, and that you receive the maximum compensation possible.

Contact Our San Jose Work Injury Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. can help. Our San Jose workplace injury lawyers will protect your rights and fight for the most compensation possible. We take care of you and your loved ones. Call us at (408) 289-1417 to schedule your consultation today.

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